Filling its slot will be a new Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright.
Ben Affleck supposedly suffered a leg injury, which naturally would have set the Man of Steel sequel back at least a little bit, but previous reports pointed to that time frame being more on par with "several weeks" rather than "several months." Don't they know from The Dark Knight Rises that all you have to do is give Batman a leg brace and he's all healed up? Come on, now.
Dan Fellman (president of domestic distribution) and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg (president of international distribution) made the announcement earlier today.
Fellman: "We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans' excitement to see DC Comics' most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today's moviegoers."
Kwan Vandenberg: "We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright's ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide"Well this sure sucks for everyone who was eagerly anticipating it, doesn't it? Now that this is happening, Zack Snyder and those involved have even more pressure on them to deliver. If the film ends up being a mess, they'll have no excuses for why they weren't able to pull it off. This will give them more than adequate time to prepare, particularly as they should have been planning a large amount of this when making Man of Steel in the first place.
It makes you wonder just why they're pushing it back so far, too. If Affleck's injury is not that extensive, then this must mean that they realize they hadn't planned ahead and were biting off more than they could chew. Maybe they realized that they had a flawed concept and needed to change their direction?
How do you think this is going to affect the film and the franchise in general? Is 2016 too late of a start to get the ball rolling for the Justice League series? Is this just another example of how DC Entertainment is nowhere near the same boat as Marvel when it comes to planning their film universe?
|Yeah, about that whole "2015" thing...sorry, Batman/Superman fans!|
Batman/Superman will be directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay written by David S. Goyer. Produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, and Wesley Coller as executive producers. Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne, and Amy Adams.